Thursday, October 4, 2012

Pac-12 | Football bounces volleyball’s biggest match of the season (so far)

Pac-12 Network will not broadcast showdown of nation’s only two undefeated volleyball teams; Oregon says it will stream #2 Washington @ #2 Oregon on October 13
note: Washington and Oregon are tied for #2 in this week’s AVCA/Sports Imports coaches’ poll

Next Saturday, October 13, the two last-place teams in the Pac-12 North—Cal and Washington State—will play each other in football. At about the same time, the only two undefeated Division 1 teams in the nation—Oregon and Washington—will face off in volleyball.

The football game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. The volleyball match will not.

Oregon’s volleyball sports information director tells Volleyblog Seattle that the match will be available via an Internet stream at the live portal:

We’re still waiting to hear whether the stream will be free. We’ve also asked who will be doing the play-by-play and color. And we don’t know whether replays of the match will be available, either on the Pac-12 Network or [At the moment, it’s not on the Pac-12 Washington schedule.]

-Volleyblog Seattle photo by Leslie Hamann
There’s still a bit of volleyball to be played before the Ducks/Huskies matchup.

Tomorrow night, Washington travels to Utah. Although the Utes are still winless in Pac-12 play, they gave Stanford all it could handle last weekend. On Sunday, the Huskies are in Boulder, where the Buffs are having a better-than-expected season. Next week, Washington travels to suddenly-dangerous Oregon State, whose only four losses have come to ranked or highly-regarded teams (#14 Kansas State, Miami, #2 Oregon and #6 UCLA). And, of course, there’s that Beavers win over #1 Penn State.

Oregon is now 14-0 after defeating California last night in Berkeley, 3-1 (the Ducks hit just .205 against a struggling Bears team.)

Tomorrow night, Oregon travels to #7 Stanford, for what will be the one-hundredth live event on the fledgling Pac-12 Network.

Because of football's dominance, volleyball teams in the SEC and the Big-12 rarely schedule Saturday matches any more. Don't be surprised if the Pac-12 heads in that direction as well.

If both Washington and Oregon reach 16-0, are any Huskies' fans out there planning on making an October 13 trip to Matt Court in Eugene?


  1. Planning on making the trip down to Corvallis and Eugene.

    1. Jack:
      We're making the trip Corvallis & Eugene. Part of me is hoping Dawgs & Ducks are still undefeated at the time. Last year's match at Eugene was...uninspiring


    2. Thanks, Tom ...

      Might be nice to see a Seattle contingent in the Willamette Valley. Good time of year for pumpkins, apples and squash(ing) ...

  2. Thanks for the info. I'll be rushing home from the football game to try and catch the stream online. Although, my computer might revolt if I try to type anything that references 'goducks' into the address bar! :)


  3. I will be in Eugene & am also hoping for a battle of unbeatens.


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